River Annan fall search 'draws a blank'

River search The search resumed on the River Annan on Monday morning but was called off by the afternoon

A search operation has been stood down after it failed to find any trace of a person thought to have fallen into the swollen River Annan.

It was launched after the alarm was raised at about 18:30 on Sunday.

The Nith inshore lifeboat, backed by a search and rescue helicopter, scoured the fast flowing waters between Annan and the mouth of the Solway Firth.

Police officers, the coastguard, and members of the Moffat Mountain rescue team also searched the river banks.

The operation was stood down overnight on Sunday after nothing was found.

It restarted in the morning as boats were sent along the length of the river.

Appeal for information

However, a police spokesman confirmed that the search had "drawn a blank" and had been stood down at 14:30.

A total of 34 personnel from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, coastguard, RNLI, Nith Inshore Rescue and Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service were involved in the operation.

Boats were used to search the river and the river bankings.

Foot searches were also carried out on either side of the river.

Police have appealed to the public for any information on the incident, especially if they were walking in the area near to the river on Sunday night.

They said they did not have any reports of missing people in the area but asked the public to check on the well-being of any vulnerable neighbours.

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